SOLD – 24′ Brownell/Eldredge McInnis Bassboat - ID: 43671


Launched 1961
LOA 24' 0"
Beam 8' 6"

SOLD – 24′ Brownell/Eldredge McInnis Bassboat


The Brownells (and other contemporary Buzzard’s Bay Bassboats from the likes of Earnest MacKenzie, George Ballentine) are instantly recognizable for their attractive, flared, hard chine, high freeboard, hull shape and aft mounted tiller and secondary throttle controls.  They were designed for pursing striped bass in the tidal rips and notoriously choppy water of Buzzards Bay and have proven themselves to be exceptionally seaworthy, stable, and comfortable.  They are, as the many fiberglass imitations have shown, ideal boats not just for the sportfishing guides for whom they were originally conceived, but also as a family day boats for casual fishing, island hopping and overnighting.

Spirit is a 24 footer (hull #5) built at Brownell Boatworks in Mattapoisett, MA in 1961.  She’s in excellent structural condition following an overhaul at Brownell in 2012-2014 (detailed below) and has received fastidious care since.  She was re-powered with a new 235hp 5.7l (350 cu. in.) Chris-Craft gas engine over the winter of 2020-2021 and received a full repaint and varnish and a new canvas Bimini here at Rockport Marine over the winter of ’21-22.  Spirit is currently in storage in Rockport, ME ready for showings.

More complete inventory and update photos to follow.

2022 Rockport Marine Work:

New fuel tank, fuel lines and cooling hose

New distributor

New canvas dodger

New boarding step and removable (rod holder mounted) bronze boarding grab rail

New Si-Tex chart plotter


2020 Re-power:

Spirit was re-powered with a new 235hp 5.7l (350 cu. in.) Chris-Craft gas engine from VanNess Engineering in 2020.

2012-2014 Rebuild Summary:

Completely refastened (entire hull – all 3200 screws)
Partial stem & keel replacement
New Garboards and misc. planks
New cockpit sole structure and sole (glassed)
New Marine fir plywood decks (glassed)
New Helm station
New shaft & cutlass bearing
New steering system & Morse controls
All new SW instrumentation
New fuel system w/ Monel tanks
Completely rewired throughout
Cabin Denmark cabin light
Bimini w/ new side windows
Completely refinished to high standards.


Spirit conveys with all safety equipment, cushions, canvas, ground tackle, mechanical spares, etc.









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